Op-Ed http://kunm.org en Op Ed: A Jobs Plan For NM That Might Actually Work http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-jobs-plan-nm-might-actually-work <p></p><p> &nbsp;</p><p>There’s been lots of talk about economic recovery lately, but there’s no good news on the jobs front in New Mexico. Again and again, the business community pushes for corporate income tax cuts and job creation credits.&nbsp; But there’s no evidence that either does anything but drain the treasury. &nbsp;So far, we’ve been kissing out tax revenue goodbye, along with the jobs that Hewlett Packard moved to Mexico and the 200 we lost when Schott Solar shut down.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Dede Feldman 24960 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: A Jobs Plan For NM That Might Actually Work Op Ed: 70% Of NM Children Born Into Welfare http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-70-nm-children-born-welfare <p></p><p>It was reported recently that <a href="http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s2910776.shtml?cat=500">7 out of 10 live births</a> in New Mexico are on Medicaid.</p><p>Astonishing, troubling…arguably, the most painful statistic of all for New Mexicans wondering whether their state truly is in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edei45eikd/new-mexico-taker-ratio-1-53/">“death spiral”</a> as some national media have reported.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Paul Gessing 24636 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: 70% Of NM Children Born Into Welfare Op Ed: "Linked-In" Brings Unwelcome Blast From The Past http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-linked-brings-unwelcome-blast-past <p></p><p>The other day, when I was supposed to be doing something else, I was casually reviewing my own profile on Linked In -- the online network for professionals, a sort of serious version of Facebook -- when Linked asked – oh, so innocently! -- if I’d like to add more people to my list of professional contacts.</p><p>Sure, why not?&nbsp; I hit the Yes button.</p><p>Minutes later I got an unexpected email. The name was vaguely familiar. Oh yeah, that guy. Somebody I’d quoted in a news story, what, 10 years ago?</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 24333 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: "Linked-In" Brings Unwelcome Blast From The Past Op Ed: Power, Position And Pork...And Maybe Some Solutions, Too http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-power-position-and-porkand-maybe-some-solutions-too <p></p><p>Opening day in the NM Senate is always filled with high drama. This year was no exception.&nbsp; The tension centers on who will be elected President Pro Tem, a position elected by both Republicans and Democrats to lead, to appoint committees and their important chairs.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Dede Feldman 23999 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: Power, Position And Pork...And Maybe Some Solutions, Too Op Ed: Raising Minimum Wage Could Cause Maximum Pain For Teens http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-raising-minimum-wage-could-cause-maximum-pain-teens <p></p><p>It’s time to stop the minimum wage madness in New Mexico! Setting price floors for human labor is both bad economics and unfair to the very workers it is supposed to help. Already, Santa Fe has among the highest mandated wages in the nation at $10.29 an hour. Only wealth San Francisco currently has a higher wage.</p><p>Albuquerque recently enacted a wage of $8.50 an hour. Now, Bernalillo County may get into the act by adopting legislation that would match Albuquerque’s rate.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Paul Gessing 23720 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: Raising Minimum Wage Could Cause Maximum Pain For Teens Op-Ed: Tobacco Companies to Teens: "Don't Smoke!" (Wink, Wink) http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-tobacco-companies-teens-dont-smoke-wink-wink <p></p><p>It had to be my imagination.</p><p>I thought cigarette smoking was a dying pastime—no pun intended.</p><p>But all around us—young smokers. Lots and lots of them. Teens and young adults, and college kids.</p><p>At sidewalk cafes near any university, including UNM. In hookah bars, puffing away. Environmentally conscious alterna-kids in Rage Against the Machine t-shirts— the <em>last </em>ones you’d expect to support Big Tobacco.</p><p>A whole new, wholly unexpected generation of addicts.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 23384 at http://kunm.org Op-Ed: Tobacco Companies to Teens: "Don't Smoke!" (Wink, Wink) Op Ed: Taking A Bullet For The NRA http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-taking-bullet-nra <p></p><p>The tragic shooting in Connecticut has set me thinking about our own state’s gun laws, and what the legislature has done to expand gun ownership-- even though New Mexico ranks 6<sup>th</sup> in gun deaths, and even higher in youth suicide. Thanks to Santa Fe’s total abdication to everything NRA—you can openly carry any kind of loaded gun here as long as you’re not a felon, and over 19 years old.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:03:00 +0000 Dede Feldman 23172 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: Taking A Bullet For The NRA Op-Ed: Expand School Choice in New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-expand-school-choice-new-mexico <p></p><p>K-12 education reform is direly needed in New Mexico. The latest evidence for that is a report from the US Department of Education which studied and ranked 47 of the 50 states’ education systems and found that just 63 percent of New Mexico students in the 2010-2011 school year finished secondary school and the percentages for Hispanic students and Native Americans were 59 and 56 percent respectively.</p><p>Those rates earned the Land of Enchantment a ranking of 46<sup>th</sup> out of 47.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Paul Gessing 22699 at http://kunm.org Op-Ed: Expand School Choice in New Mexico Op-Ed: in New Mexico, SuperPacs Are the New Normal http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-new-mexico-superpacs-are-new-normal <p></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dede Feldman 22407 at http://kunm.org Op-Ed: in New Mexico, SuperPacs Are the New Normal Op Ed: A Troubling Shortage Of Lawyers http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-troubling-shortage-lawyers <p></p><p>People often complain there are too many lawyers in the world, and you may think they have a point. After all, an astonishing 40,000 students graduate from American law schools each year, and there are already well over a million lawyers in the U.S.</p><p>But whether you believe there are too many lawyers may depend on who you are.&nbsp; If you’re Hispanic, and you prefer to hire a lawyer who shares your cultural background, or speaks Spanish—you’re going to wonder where all the lawyers are.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 22111 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: A Troubling Shortage Of Lawyers Key To Recovery: Attract New Businesses, Not More Federal Spending http://kunm.org/post/key-recovery-attract-new-businesses-not-more-federal-spending <p></p><p>Washington’s “fiscal cliff” has been the topic of much discussion. After more than a decade of out-of-control spending, politicians are finally coming to grips with the need to cut back.</p><p>The problem for us in the Land of Enchantment is that our economy has long relied on Washington as a source of income and investment. With the government running trillion dollar-plus annual deficits and having piled up an astonishing $16 trillion in debt, simple math, not ideology, makes cutbacks inevitable.</p><p>This could mean tough times ahead for New Mexico’s economy.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Paul Gessing 21797 at http://kunm.org Key To Recovery: Attract New Businesses, Not More Federal Spending